Nick Hallett is a Brooklyn-based composer, vocalist, and cultural producer working between the worlds of sound, art, and performance.
His music has been featured in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Town Hall, Performa, Ecstatic Music Festival, Hayden Planetarium/AMNH, The Public Theater/Joe's Pub, The Kitchen, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, National Sawdust, and Le Poisson Rouge, among many others.
In 2017, he completed work on a trilogy of musical scores for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Analogy cycle. These and other collaborations with the company continue to tour internationally. In 2016, Hallett's remixes of music by the choreographer John Bernd (1953-88) were integrated into Variations on Themes from Lost & Found, directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez at Danspace Project. The work was recognized as Outstanding Revival at the 2017 New York Dance & Performance "Bessie" awards.
His first opera, co-authored with artist Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines 10, premiered at The Kitchen in April 2010 and has since been staged at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA, Carolina Performing Arts, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA Festival, Cricoteka (Kraków), and The Warhol Museum, among others. Hallett and Moulton were awarded a Creative Capital grant to adapt the project for the Internet. His second opera, titled To Music, is currently in development.
Internationally, his works have been featured at Transmediale/CTM Festival (Berlin), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Mutek Mexico City, Singapore International Festival of Arts, and Nuit Blanche Monaco, among others.
In 2007, after curating a performance of the Joshua Light Show at The Kitchen, Hallett became its music director, curating and composing the music to accompany this legendary team of projection artists, led by Joshua White.
In 2004, Hallett, along with Zach Layton, co-founded the Darmstadt series, a new music presenting organization, with a focus on staging lesser-heard "classics of the avant-garde" by such composers as Pauline Oliveros, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Terry Riley.